AN ANIMAL rights campaigner has expressed her outrage at a circus featuring animals visiting Rhyl.
Judi Hewitt, founder of the Wales Against Animal Cruelty, said she was shocked to learn Peter Jollies Circus, which uses animals including a camel and a zebra, had set up in the town.
“It is absolutely disgusting - I thought it was the last we had seen of animal circuses in Denbighshire,” she said.
Denbighshire County Council said the circus is on private land and the licensing and registration of a circus lies with the home authority.
Ms Hewitt said she was happy to see the American Circus in the town because they use only talented people, but said it broke her heart to see people supporting animal circuses.
“The noisy atmosphere of the circus makes it hell on earth for animals,” she said.
“Plus it allows children to think of animals as tools to be used and abused for whatever reason.”
A spokeswoman for Peter Jollies Circus, Sophie Chipperfield, said the animals are cared for to the highest standard and anyone is welcome to come and see them.
“We have rules and regulations that we have to follow just like all other organisations,” she said.
“The animals are out in the field in the day time, and they come in when the weather is bad.”
A spokeswoman for Denbighshire, said: “We have received a number of complaints about Peter Jollies Circus, and an animal welfare officer has been on site to carry out an initial assessment of the situation.
“We are now considering our next course of action.”